As I was reading your comments on yesterday's post, I noticed some "trends." Most of us want to lose weight, clean up something (house or scraprooms) and be better people.
Reading all your thoughts made me feel like getting a loud speaker or a cable channel or something so that I could tell all women everywhere, "We can do this!"
Then I looked around my house and wondered why I believed that anyway. My scrapspace is always a cluttered jumble of stuff! Last Thursday I went out with Eric for a couple hours and came home to a huge mess. That's when I lost it, not only with my children, but my own mother who happened to call in the middle of my tyraid.
So, who am I to tell you how to figure it out when I am treading water as fast as I can just to keep my own head up? But, however unqualified I am, I wanted to respond to the many comments and this comment in particular.
My plan this year is to be more vain. I know that sounds awful but I don't take care of myself the way I should and part of that is not caring how I look. I realized my looks really effect how people treat me and I'm embarrassed to say it may have cost me the chance at a job recently. So I've set a 50lb weight loss goal for myself with a reward for every 10lbs. First 10 I'm getting a real manicure..never had one. Next 10 I'm getting my hair cut at a real salon not at the beauty college or some place with $10 cuts. The 10lbs after that I'm getting a make-up consult and buying real make-up. No more $.99 mascara and Chapstick I know I could look better but don't know how. The next 10lbs will earn me 2 pairs of shoes I LOVE not just pairs that were on the clearance rack. Finally when I hit my goal I'm buying all new clothes and they WILL NOT be frumpy, are you sure you are not pregnant, did you just wake up, ultra-way-too-beyond causal stuff. So that's my plan :)
Although she and I have never met, I know this girl! I was this girl.
My transformation came when I went to a friend's for lunch and she was dressed up..... with make-up...... with jewelry....... with un-comfortable shoes!
How dare she?!?! She had small children! She was a stay at home mom! Didn't she know that she was just taking care of kids all day..... that they would wipe their noses on her outfit.... that her baby would pull her necklace right off her neck.... that all the time and money she spent on herself was so selfish?!?!?!?
I pondered that for about two weeks. Then, I bought myself an entirely new outfit. I bought my first pair of heels since becoming pregnant with Ethan. I bought new, but inexpensive jewelry. I bought a skirt and a blouse and I put it all on.
I still had only dollar store make-up and not much of it, but being dressed up, for the first time in years, I was amazed at how people responded to me! I never got so many compliments!! I was on a huge high for days. I felt great!
It was then that I realized taking care of myself was good for my kids! They should know I am happy, that I am a valuable person and that I have needs too. It teaches them courtesy and respect for me and others, and that they are important enough for me to get dressed up for.
Shortly after that first day, I started eating better. Then I added in some exercise, a couple more pairs of heals and a few more nice outfits. Two years later, I went to the MAC counter for my first ever make-over. I came home wearing fake eyelashes!
My daughters tell me all the time that they love it when I wear skirts on normal days. Their friends often ask why I get all dressed up even though I never leave the house. I tell them that it makes me happy.
Don't get me wrong, there are many afternoons I find I am still wearing loungy pants. But, I no longer feel guilty for spending a little time on myself.
So, to our friend that left the above comment, YOU CAN DO THIS!!!! YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!!
To our friends that want to drop a few pounds, STOP READING AND DO 25 JUMPING JACKS!
To our friends that want to clean up their houses, STOP READING AND CLEAN AS FAST AS YOU CAN FOR 15 MINUTES!
To our friends that want to be better people, APPRECIATE HOW GREAT YOU ALREADY ARE!
To our friends that want to scrapbook more, HERE'S SOME GREAT INSPIRATION!
These layouts are by Ladie Grace Belarmino, enjoy!
Oh, and our winner from yesterday is...... Patchi who said, "I had 3 simple resolutions this year: wake up before 7:30 am, get to work before 10 am, and wear lipstick every day. I managed to break all 3 by the 3rd day of the year! However, I'm hoping that my hubby's resolution of going to ballroom dancing classes every week is something we can stick to - we start today!"
Patchi, send your info to cathie at cosmocricket dot com. She'll send you the goods. And, stick with the lipstick goal...... it's a great one!